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Embodiment, Enaction, and CultureInvestigating the Constitution of the Shared World$
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Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035552

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.001.0001

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Movies and the Mind: On Our Filmic Body

Movies and the Mind: On Our Filmic Body

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(p.353) 18 Movies and the Mind: On Our Filmic Body
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Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture
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Joerg Fingerhut

Katrin Heimann

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.003.0019

Over the last decade, the role of the spectators’ body has become considerably more important in theoretical as well as experimental approaches to film perception. However, most positions focus on how cinema has adapted to the spectator’s body over time, that is, to the basic principles of human perception and cognition, in developing its immersive power. This article presents the latest contributions to this topic, while also providing a new stance regarding the relationship between the mind and movies. Based on selected research from embodied approaches to cognition and picture perception, we suggest that humans learn to see film by integrating filmic means into their body schemas, and through this process develop a “filmic body”, available to them during film watching and, possibly, also off screen. Film language and film cognition are plastic products of mutual influence between films and embodied agents, and thereby move the medium towards novel filmic means and us toward novel experiences. We propose a number of research designs for further exploring these claims.

Keywords:   Spectator, The body, Movies, Perception, Body schemas, Filmic body, Film cognition

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